Computer Use Policy
The First Regional Library offers access to personal computers for public use free of charge as part of its mission to be the people’s place for lifelong learning. These computers provide access to Internet resources and software programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite. This library resource is especially important due to the percentage of homes in our service area that do not have home Internet access. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that patrons using First Regional Library computers and other electronic devices have a positive experience.
All users of library computers must abide by federal and state laws, including MS Code 97-5-27; MS Code 97-5-29), the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA – Public Law 106-554) and the policies of First Regional Library. Viewing of pornography in public is against the law and the police will be called.
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA – Public Law 106-554), all public use computers utilize filtering software. This filtering device is designed to block the majority of obscene sites as that term is defined in section 1460 of Title 18, United States Code; and to screen out child pornography sites, as that term is defined in section 2256 of Title 17, United States Code; and sites which may be harmful to minors, as defined in section 1703, Public Law 106-544. No device will filter out all objectionable materials, nor will the use of a filtering device render the use of the Internet as universally safe. Patrons accidentally opening objectionable sites must immediately exit the site. Patrons may request unfiltered access to a specific website and the request will be granted at the discretion of the library staff.
All patrons are expected to respect the Library’s property. All computers are subject to monitoring and any persons caught hacking, destroying, stealing computer software or hardware, accessing the Internet for unlawful purposes, or otherwise violating the Library’s policies may be asked to leave, may have their computer use and/or library privileges revoked, or may be prosecuted by the local authorities.
Any patron whose computer privileges are revoked for more than two (2) days may request that this decision be re-considered by writing a letter to the Library Director giving the reason for reconsideration. If the Director decides not to reinstate computer privileges, the patron may request that the Regional Library Board review the case. The Regional Library Board’s decision will be final.
Patrons of the First Regional Library must obey the following rules when using the Library’s public computer equipment:
- Patrons may use the Library’s public access computers when deemed available by the Library. The Library has installed computer time and print management software to facilitate equitable access. Patrons may make a reservation either by calling the Library, online (remotely) or in the Library at the Reservation Station. A library card number and PIN are required to log onto the computers. Those persons who do not have a Library card will be issued a guest pass once as a courtesy. These persons must present identification at the Circulation Desk. Patrons will be given information on how to obtain a First Regional Library borrower’s card at that time.
- Session length is 30 minutes. If there are no patrons waiting, sessions may be extended. Time cannot be extended on a computer with a reservation. Laptops are available for longer projects and must be used in the public areas of the library.
- Some portable devices (including laptop computers, tablets, etc.) are available for general use within the Library but may not be removed from staff supervised areas of the library. Patrons with a valid library card in good standing are eligible to checkout a portable device. Patrons who check out these devices will be responsible for any loss or damage sustained prior to its return to the circulation desk.
- Basic personal knowledge of computer use, software applications, and some knowledge about how to access the Internet are expected at the time patrons ask to use the Library’s computer equipment. Library staff will provide limited assistance as time permits when asked but cannot enter data for patrons. Manuals or other documentation will be offered when available.
- Patrons may save any work to the cloud or to removable storage devices. Storage devices are available for purchase at the Circulation Desk. Patrons may also choose to print their work in the Library, using the Library’s printer. The cost for printing is provided before the job is sent to the printer. Patrons must pay to pick up their work at the Circulation Desk.
- Patrons must close all programs, log out of any personal accounts, and end their session before exiting the public access personal computers. Patrons who choose to use the Library’s public computers for Internet access waive the right to any claim against the First Regional Library, its member libraries, its employees, trustees and agents arising from the use of the Internet.
- Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior in the Public Library when they are using a library device. Parents who are concerned about their children’s use of the Library’s electronic resources are encouraged to personally provide any necessary guidance. For more information concerning the Library’s compliance with the U.S. Children’s Internet Protection Act, see the Library’s Internet Safety Policy.
- Some computers are designated for specific functions, i.e. to provide access to the Library’s public catalog or make a computer reservation and should only be used for their intended purpose.
- Wireless Internet access is available at all branches. All setup and configuration of wireless devices is the responsibility of the patron. The Library does not assume any responsibility for the safety of equipment or for configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless service. Virus and security protection is the responsibility of the patron. Library staff may provide general information about the wireless network, but they are not allowed to configure patrons’ wireless devices.